MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo of Brazil has suffered a foot injury and will have to withdraw from the main event of UFC 153 on October 13 in Rio, the company announced.
Aldo was supposed to defend his featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who was going to make his featherweight debut at that fight card.
UFC president Dana White confirmed on his Twitter account that the Brazilian champion was out of the fight card.
“Now Aldo is out with a foot injury,” he said.
To make matters worse, former light-heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson also pulled out of his fight due to injury.
Jackson was supposed to fight Glover Teixeira in the co-main event in what would be his final fight in the UFC.
"Main and co-main in the same day! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do," White said.
Aldo apologized to UFC fans on Twitter, saying he "really want(s) to fight" but is hurting too much.
"I'm very sad right now," Aldo said.
Aldo was originally supposed to defend his belt against Erik Koch, but Koch pulled out due to injury. Edgar, coming off consecutive losses at lightweight, stepped up to take the title fight.
No replacement for the main event and co-main event has been announced.